Category Archives: Probate

Ten Top Reasons to Make Your Will

There are undoubtedly more than ten reasons why it is a good idea for you to have a Will.  But I recently heard an attorney in another state make a presentation on some of the top reasons why he suggests … Continue reading

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Mistakes Executors Make

An article published in the Wall Street Journal several years ago is still one of my favorites.  It is particularly relevant to those who are serving or have been designated as executor in friends’ or family members’ wills, but it … Continue reading

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Does Your Will Need To Be Updated?

I will occasionally have clients who wish to probate the will of a deceased parent or spouse, only to find that the will is very old; I think about fifty years old is the oldest I’ve had. This frequently causes … Continue reading

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August is Make-A-Will Month

For many people making a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks, and consequently, too few people do it. According to many surveys most people don’t have a will.  The biggest reason cited by many: They just never got around … Continue reading

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What the Heck Does “Per Stirpes” Mean in My Will?

An estate planning client recently called me to say he wanted the words “per stirpes” removed from his will because he “read on the Internet” that these words were old fashioned, confusing and lead to much litigation. In case you … Continue reading

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